This photo of a painted lady butterfly looks posed like one of those studio shots with a wall-sized nature scene behind the subject. In this case the painted lady is on a flower by a window with curtains drawn. Next, please!
Two days ago with my camera on a tripod, I waited for the right lighting and, of course, a painted lady to visit a cosmos. Click!
Despite wildfire hazy sky and sometimes hazardous air, I hope October will once again be butterfly month in our backyard. So far I’ve seen/photographed a skipper, a painted lady and a cabbage white along with thousands of honey bees. In fact, I am clicking the camera to the constant drone of bees collecting nectar fromContinue reading “October: Butterfly Month”
I’ll start this week off with a shot of a painted lady on a cosmos in our backyard. I’ve taken more shots of painted ladies than of any other species of butterfly and that makes sense since it is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world, found everywhere but in Australia and the Antartica.Continue reading “The Painted Lady…”
Yesterday, for the first time this season, several painted lady butterflies and pairs of cabbage whites visited our backyard. OK, it wasn’t an invasion, but it was a relief to see butterflies flitting about all day long. This year I’ve never seen more than one butterfly at a time in the neighborhood.
I used to tell “time” by butterfly sightings in my backyard. The painted ladies arrived in August and September while the majestic monarchs took over in October. But this year for the first time in the past nine years, there are only cabbage whites about. There are fewer honey bees and an occasional fritillary onContinue reading “A Year Ago…”
There is poetry in seeing a painted lady butterfly in the cosmos growing in our backyard, so much so, I wrote this poem. First Day of Retirement The panicked whine of A chain saw Rips through My morning coffee At 8:07. I turn on the radio For the latest traffic jams. Bay Bridge backup toContinue reading “Painted Lady in the Cosmos”
Other than the cabbage white, there haven’t been any butterflies of note in the Carmel Bay area until I saw a painted lady on a trail at Point Lobos this week. But there was only one that day as well as plenty of poison oak.
I stepped outside yesterday and almost collided with a painted lady on a flower by the back door. In this shot the lady appears to be looking up at me. She stayed on the flower for a few more seconds before leaving. I took the delay as a sign of trust.